Wizards, Brooks part ways after five seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Washington Wizards and head coach Scott Brooks have agreed to part ways. He led the team for the past five seasons.

The two sides attempted to reach a new agreement. However, the two sides were apart when they went to the bargaining table.

Scott Brooks (Getty Images)

This, the two sides it would be best to part ways. Brooks’ deal expired when the Wizards were eliminated in the playoffs by the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Wizards are the sixth NBA team looking for a head coach since their seasons came to an end. Besides Washington, New Orleans, Indiana, Boston, Portland, and Orlando.

The former NBA player turned coach has led two teams since 2008. He led the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008 through 2015 before being fired in April 2015.

After a year away from the league, he returned as the Wizards leader in April 2016.

This past season, Brooks guided the Wizards to a 34-38 record. He is 521-414 as a head coach with the Thunder and Wizards.

Brooks did not lead the Wizards to 40 wins in the past three seasons. In his first two seasons, the team won 49 and 43 games, respectively.

However, in the last three seasons, 91 wins. The team; on the other hand, had 135 losses during this same stretch.

Even after acquiring Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster deal for John Wall this season, the team struggled at times. It wasn’t until April when the team started to click with a 12-5 record.

That helped put the Wizards in the playoffs picture. Washington was a part of the Eastern Conference play-in tournament and eventually won a spot in the playoffs as the 8th seed.

They were no match for the Philadelphia 76ers, who dispatched them in five games.

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